The Tetzlaff Quartett have rapidly established a reputation as „one of the world’s most fascinating chamber ensembles. “ (Florenz, La Nazione, 20.01.2000). Discovering a mutual devotion to chamber music Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath formed their string quartet in 1994. Since then, the four musicians play several chamber music evenings every season for which they have received impressive critical acclaim, even if they work together just sporadically.
The Tetzlaff Quartett frequently gives concerts not only in Germany, but also in France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain and USA. In the past years the quartet has performed at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, at the Société Philharmonique of Brussels, at Vienna’s Musikverein as well as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The ensemble is a welcome guest at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Bremen Musikfest. Their first CD on the CAvi label (Independent Allegro music group for the USA) with works of Schönberg and Sibelius has been released in September 2010.
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
“One of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation”, said the New York Times of Christian Tetzlaff, one of today’s most highly demanded soloists on stages all over the world. As at home in the classical and romantic repertoire as in contemporary music, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Schönberg, Shostakovich and Ligeti. He is particularly well-known for his incomparable performances of the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas. In 2005 he was chosen by Musical America as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. He frequently plays recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in all international musical centres, including amongst others New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and in London, Paris, Berlin and Munich. Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner and lives with his family near Frankfurt.
Elisabeth Kufferath, violin
Elisabeth Kufferath studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck/Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Nora Chastain and was at the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, where she studied under Donald Weilerstein. She was laureate of the Cleveland Concerto Competition in 1991 and of the Vienna Modern Masters International Competition, where she won the first prize in 1996. In 2003 she was awarded the IBLA Foundation`s Distinguished Musician`s Award. Elisabeth Kufferath is a welcome guest at international festivals of Lucerne Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival and Ravinia Festival and Aspen Festival in the USA. She played as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles in the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonic, at the Vienna Musikverein, in the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris as well as in Rome, Florence and Brussels. Her regular chamber music partners are Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust, Jens Peter Maintz und Markus Becker. From 1997 to 2004 Elisabeth Kufferath was concert master of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and after that she was a professor for violin at the conservatory in Detmold. Since 2009, she has held the post of violin professor at the conservatory in Hannover, Germany. She plays on a violin by Peter Greiner.
Hanna Weinmeister, viola
Hanna Weinmeister was born in Salzburg and graduated through the Mozarteum in Salzburg whilst still at school. Later, she went to the Musikhochschule in Vienna/Gerhard Schulz and then participated in Zakhar Bron`s masterclass in Lübeck. She is laureate of numerous international competitions, inter alia the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (1991), the Concours International Jacques Thibaud (1994) and the International Parkhouse Award in London. While working as first concert master at the Opernhaus Zürich, she gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician with violin and viola. Hanna Weinmeister played as a soloist with Munich and Berlin Philharmonic, SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Mozarteum Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the batons of Franz Welser Möst, Eliah Inbal and Michael Gielen. Partners in chamber music were, for example, Heinrich Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov and Benjamin Schmid. Since 1998, she is first concert master at the Opera Zurich Orchestra. Furthermore, she taught at the Conservatory in Bern from 2000 to 2004. Hanna Weinmeister plays a viola by Peter Greiner.
Tanja Tetzlaff, violoncello
Tanja Tetzlaff studied under Professor Bernhard Gmelin at the Hamburg conservatory and of Professor Heinrich Schiff at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She has won several international competitions including first prize at the Erste Internationale Musikwettbewerb (First International Music Competition) in Vienna in 1992 and third prize at the ARD Competition 1994. Tanja Tetzlaff plays as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles throughout Europe, the USA, Australia and Japan and regularly plays at international festivals like in Risør, Bergen, Feldkirch, Schwetzingen, Delft and Heimbach, on the Berliner Festwochen, the Beethoven-Fest Bonn, the Bremer Musikfest and the Klangbogen-Festival in Vienna. She gives concerts with most of Germany`s renowned orchestras as well as with great international orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Camerata Salzburg and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane. In doing so she has worked with many well-known conductors including Daniel Harding, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Paavo Järvi. She is especially dedicated to chamber music and is privileged to give concerts regularly with some of today’s most enterprising musicians such as Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich, Martin Fröst, Leif Ove Andsnes, Florian Donderer and Gunilla Süssmann. Tanja Tetzlaff plays a violoncello made in 1776 by Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini.